Tag: internet

World forecast to spend trillions on the Internet of Things

World forecast to spend trillions on the Internet of Things

Internet, Technology
The numbers being forecast for the Internet of Things (IoT) are truly mind-boggling. BI Intelligence finds that the number of everyday and enterprise devices that will soon be connected to the Internet — from parking meters to home thermostats will be huge. In a recent report, "Gartner forecasted that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020". With regards to this, The International Data Corporation expects worldwide Internet of Things spend to reach US$1.29 trillion in 2020report IT Web Africa. Worldwide spending on the Internet of things is forecast to reach US$1.29 trillion in 2020, according to forecasts by the International Data Corporation. According to the IDC's worldwide semi-annual guide, global IoT sp
Facebook to Develop App for Television Set-Top Boxes

Facebook to Develop App for Television Set-Top Boxes

social media, Technology
Facebook Inc is creating an app for television set-top boxes, including Apple Inc's Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The world's biggest online social network was in discussions with media companies to license long-form, TV-quality programming the Journal reported. An app for set-top boxes would bring online social network closer to live video and video advertisements. Getting advertisers to buy more video ads is key to online social network's continued revenue growth as such ads fetch higher rates from advertisers than text or photo-based ads reports The Fortune. Live video is also becoming a highly competitive feature on social platforms, with companies competing to stream major sports events and exclusive video components from
Cloud technology can help improve governance in the new industrial age

Cloud technology can help improve governance in the new industrial age

Technology
Computing has been with us for more than fifty years. Through this period, the technology world has shifted from the era of large machines often housed in warehouses and not unlike data centres now the internet era, which made information easily accessible to millions around the world and lastly, the cloud and mobile era which we happen to live in now. According to Ventures Africa, the cloud and mobile era comes with new concerns, uncertainty and questions around regulations and laws. History has shown us that technology will always evolve faster than law, thus governments around the world struggle to understand and regulate technology and strike a balance between allowing innovation and protecting their citizens from any perceived threats this uncovered terrain may bring. Thi...
Mozilla will warn users about sensitive data over insecure connections

Mozilla will warn users about sensitive data over insecure connections

Cyber Security, Technology
Keeping sensitive data safe from inappropriate access and disclosure is of the utmost importance. It is as well  important for users to find out what sensitive data they are handling and what steps are needed to protect it. For this reason, Mozilla & Google are taking new steps to warn internet users about sending sensitive data to websites vulnerable to hacking. In the latest updates to the Chrome and Firefox web browsers (versions 56 and 51, respectively), users will be told if they’re submitting sensitive information over insecure HTTP connections — rather than the safer HTTPS protocol. As noted by Chrome security engineer Emily Schechter, the old approach simply isn’t noticed by most users. “Studies show that users do not perceive the lack of a ‘secure’ icon as a warning,
Connected cars pose increased cyber security challenges

Connected cars pose increased cyber security challenges

Technology, Uncategorized
The automotive industry is facing some tough challenges in terms of cyber security. Over the last year, research has shown that connected cars can be hacked and controlled remotely -- the researchers achieved this by exploiting a zero-day vulnerability they found in the car's computer system. This is according to David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, who explains technology has transformed the driving experience through delivering safer, more efficient and comfortable journeys. According to science tech today, manufacturers opting for a popular platform such as Android, face the same security scenarios as mobile devices run on the same operating system, such as malicious applications and perhaps even ransomware. And then, the data gathered and communicated by...